4-P Formula of Success

Sunday, April 2, 2023

During my motivation and wellness sessions, school-college-university students often ask me the question as to how one can achieve success in this critical phase of life - student life. The answer is simple but worth noting. In order to achieve success on a regular basis one has to include all the good traits or qualities in one’s habit and working style so that it can be naturally and properly used in any situation. 
However, keeping in view an examination or a test or for that matter any event in life, the students can get success by adopting the ‘4-P’ formula. What is this ‘4-P’ formula all about? Here the 4-P stands for Passion, Planning, Preparation and Performance. Let us dwell on this subject a bit elaborately to understand its huge significance.

Passion: American writer and speaker Eric Thomas says “I need no alarm clock, my passion wakes me up.”  Great spiritual thinker Swami Vivekananda says it with more clarity and conviction, “Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life or passion – think of it, dream of it, and live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success.” It’s absolutely correct. When any student takes the study passionately, there is no question of not getting better results in any examination or competition. All students must be aware of the amount of passion the founder of the famous Apple Company, Mr Steve Jobs had towards his work or profession.

Planning: Hopefully, the significance of planning is known to all. Everybody knows its value, but how much? This is the moot question. Many management experts in their own way accepted the fact that if you want to move forward in life without any planning, you are moving with a definite plan to fail. Famous management expert and trainer Dale Carnegie says, “An hour of planning can save you ten hours of doing.” You too must have noticed a few people around you who fail to achieve simple goals in life despite putting up hard labour. The reason is nothing but lack of planning. Hence, it is very necessary to embark on any important work or task with a full-proof meticulous planning.

Preparation: Without right preparation, you can’t think of success in any endeavour. Undeniably, incomplete preparation can only deliver incomplete results. Right preparation does mean that you move towards your goal with full preparation based on your planning. Taking up any task with this idea in mind and acting accordingly can be, over a period of time, your habit of addressing any issue or task in life. Obviously, this habit will go a long way in ensuring success in almost every test or competition. Renowned inventor and scientist Alexander Graham Bell says, “Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.”

Performance: Ultimately, your performance tells about your passion, planning and preparation. To say, despite your passion, planning and preparation being really up to the mark, still at the performance level if you fail for any reason whatsoever, then the final result or outcome can well be anticipated. So, it is imperative on your part to ensure best of performance at all times. At this point of time, it is better to keep in mind the golden words of famous industrialist and management master Henry Ford, “There is no man living who isn’t capable of doing more than he thinks he can do.” 

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